Nathanael Cruz FCL Red Sox Pitcher

Age: 18
Born: February 4, 2003
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR
Height: 6-2
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(July 2019)
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High School: -

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Pronunciation: nuh-THANN-yull
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2019 (BOS)
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Signing Bonus: $200,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2023
MLFA Eligible: November 2026
Pro Debut: July 16, 2021 (FCL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2021): MiLB contract
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  Physical Description: Tall, thin frame with lots of remaining projection. Needs to add strength, but has the frame to fill out as he matures. Athletic.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. High leg kick prior to delivery. Quick, compact delivery. Short arm action.

Fastball: 91-93 mph. Tops out at 95 mph but velocity is still improving. Pitch shows sink. Needs to improve control.

Changeup: 85-87 mph. Plays well given his arm action, which allows him to push it and turn it over. Shows some feel already.

Curveball: 76-78 mph. Work in progress. Does not consistently snap it off. Has also thrown a slider in his early career.
  Career Notes: Participated in 2020 Fall Instructional league.

Summation: Intriguing arm whose development could take time, but the payoff could be substantial. High ceiling, low floor arm. Has already shown velocity and could add more. Has a projectable pitcher’s frame and a workable delivery. Secondaries need development, but will show some feel for both, especially his changeup. Command and control also need development. Very competitive.

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